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Survey: Rising Cloud Adoption Spurs Changes to IT

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Not only are more businesses adopting some form of cloud technology, they are feeling better doing it. A recent survey of 500 IT decision-makers found that 85 percent felt more positive about the benefits of using cloud computing, up from 72 percent in 2011, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The survey, conducted by IT industry association CompTIA, found that more than eight in 10 companies use some form of cloud technology. For many companies, the cloud is defined by a SaaS offering like Web email, but almost a quarter reported that cloud components made up between 30 percent and 50 percent of their overall IT architecture. More than half said they planned to increase investments by 10 percent or more over the course of the year. When asked to identify the top driver for cloud implementation, 50 percent of respondents picked "Cost-cutting," but "Simply better option" and "Modernization of legacy IT" were not far behind in votes.

With the exception of start-up firms that may have adopted cloud technology from the outset, the cloud transition for many companies has necessitated a change in how IT departments are staffed and organized. Thirty-eight percent of companies say they have restructured their IT departments since adopting the cloud, and one-fifth of companies reported a reduction in staff. "Overall, the complexity in management of new business processes may prove that cloud is not a destroyer of jobs after all," according to the report. "They are simply jobs for new skills in new areas."

Cloud Computing Transforms IT
Cloud computing
is rapidly rolling into the mainstream of business and IT. The technology is revolutionizing the way organizations manage infrastructure and business processes, according to an article in Baseline magazine.

Despite practical challenges and security concerns, organizations across a wide swath of industries are adopting cloud solutions to become more connected, cost-efficient and nimble. A recent Tata Consultancy Services study of more than 600 firms worldwide found that cloud computing is growing rapidly. U.S. organizations now have 19 percent of their applications in the cloud, while counterparts in Asia, Europe and Latin America now top 50 percent, according to the article.

"There is a growing awareness of the benefits of a cloud infrastructure," says Ananth Krishnan, chief technology officer at Tata Consultancy Services. "It's allowing organizations to standardize technology and processes and achieve gains that weren't possible in the past."

Andrew Greenway, global cloud program lead at Accenture, said "Organizations of every shape and size - and across every industry - are becoming increasingly comfortable with IT as a service, rather than buying components and building their own IT services."

How Can Cloud Computing Secure IT Jobs?
Cloud computing is one of the biggest catalysts of change within the IT Industry. It provides businesses and organizations a way to be more productive, cost-effective, and to reduce the burden of data management, according to an article on CloudTimes.com.

But it has also struck fear in a large number of networking professionals and systems administrators, due to the misconception that cloud computing will make the environment completely automated and self-functioning, therefore making traditional IT positions redundant. Worse still is the misconception that cloud computing means that there will no longer be any network to manage within the company.

While it is true that cloud computing, like any major technological evolution, will bring both disruption and change, its effects are not as apocalyptic for the careers of traditional IT guys as they make it out to be. For one thing, even though more than 50 percent of enterprises today are planning to move their IT environment to the cloud, the transition itself will take a lot of time and will go through several stages, from operational, to technological and ultimately to organizational stage. Traditional IT positions will not be gone in one fell swoop.

Additionally, cloud computing is not necessarily fully automated. The IT tasks are just moved to a different location, and it is in that new location where IT positions will be available in abundance, according to the article.

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Patrick Burke is a writer and editor based in the greater New York area and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

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